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Date Posted: 10:00:50 11/29/16 Tue
Too many of the young ladies competing in the MVO don't take enough time to research the "job" of Miss Virginia before they begin the application process. Before competing at any locals, and definitely before competing at State, you should find out what the year long job will require, your responsibilities and duties, and your obligations to the State Board and their sponsors. I would contact former miss winners, as well as the reigning titleholder. Find out first hand what was good and bad about the job on a daily level and then decide if it truly is in your heart to perform the job, because this job is unique and it's totally a privilege. If you don't envision the eartly morning and late night driving, fulfilling every appearance with punctuality and a smile, making sponsor visits a norm, bonding and working with the State Board to promote the MVO Mission, and living full time in Roanoke during your year of service, then this job is not for you. Prepping for Miss America is quick and all-consuming during the first month or so of your year. But when you come back home to Roanoke after the excitement and emotional roller coaster of Atlantic City, you need to be able to crank it up as a full time Miss Virginia (assuming you didn't take the big girl crown). This is when you show up for the job and make the remainder of your year, which still has more than 9 months left, your time to shine and to earn that State crown, and the hearts of all Virginians all over again. Your legacy will be defined by what you do after AC, not what you did there. If you're not willing to drive all night to an appearance across the state and jump out of the car ready to put a smile on the face of some young child, especially a little girl who sees the pretty lady wearing a sparkly crown, then you should consider not competing. Because it truly is in those moments, and usually never the ones when you'd expect it, where you unknowingly make the difference in the life of some small child, in the life of a middle-schooler who is bullied and outcast, in the life of a high-schooler who has been making bad choices about alcohol, drugs and sex, as well as visiting, appreciating, and loving the overly neglected senior citizens in our communities. It's in these moments that the power of the crown shines through and that you, as Miss Virginia, are simply this year's messenger of hope and purpose to all the lives in the Commonwealth, both young and old. If this sounds like a job you want, apply at a local pageant near you.
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